Leader of the Opposition reiterates Calls for Resignation of Commissioner of Police and Kareem Musa
The Leader of the opposition, Moses “Shyne” Barrow, says the Commissioner of Police, Chester William, is being blinded by his alleged interest in politics. Today, Barrow doubled down on his call for resignation of Williams and his political boss, Kareem Musa. Barrow says that the recent murders and the alleged scandal surrounding the sale of gun licenses are signals that the police department is failing. During today’s press conference, the LOO explained what he says is a need for new leadership in the police department.
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “I was politely telling him it’s time for him and his minister to resign, that we need new prisms because he’s suffering from cataracts. He really doesn’t have the vision to take the Belize Police Department forward. And it’s just time for him to just come out and announce which electoral division he’s going to go in and announce that he’s a card carrying member of the PUP and I didn’t feel the need to be antagonistic or to be disrespectful about it. So yeah, I don’t have a personal problem with the Commissioner of Police. I don’t believe he’s performing to the level that he has been maybe previously. He’s been there for quite some time and I don’t find anything wrong with the opposition demanding that what the Minister of Police promised when he was in opposition be delivered. We just had a young man murdered on the way from Chon Saan to his home back in Port Loyola. We just had a witness for a murder who after he went to testify in the murder case, he was abducted and they found his body in a shallow grave. A few weeks ago we had three murders in 48 hours and the list goes on and on. So as the opposition, I would hope that we don’t have to discuss the Commissioner of Police. I would hope that I could say kudos the Commissioner of Police is doing a good job, the Minister of Police they’re both doing a great job, but they’re not. You have the big gun license corruption scandal that is on the news every night I didn’t make that up. That information comes to me the same way it came to you. So I believe there are indicators here and the indication is, you know what? Time for new leadership from the ministerial level of the police department to the commissioner level. But that doesn’t mean that I will be rude to the Commissioner of Police. I’ve known him for quite some time. I worked with him even though he doesn’t give me credit for my reform agenda. It is not, even when I speak about issuing the license to people with criminal records, it is not that if someone committed a crime they should be punished in perpetuity and they should never be able to have their rights restored. And so that was totally misinterpreted but that’s how I met the commissioner, working with at-risk youth and he thought highly of me then, I thought highly of him and I would think highly of him once he retires from the commissioner’s office because I feel that he’s failing and friends are allowed to tell friends bwai, you noh di cut it dah time. Michael Jordan had to retire, right? The best had to retire. So I still think it’s time for him to resign.”